Degrowth is an ambiguous label used by different currents that have emerged or have been reconsidered as such since the 1960s when the contemporary environmentalist movement got underway. The bulk of these movements identify as Greens although it includes eco-anarchists (e.g. Trainer 2010; Australian Simplicity Institute) and others. The ambiguity of what degrowth stands for is a problem both for its proponents and its critics that sometimes misrepresent it.
Before describing possible features of a future ecosocialism, it is worthwhile to consider why such a system is even needed. Why can’t the problems that ecosocialism would solve also be remedied within the current global capitalist system?
Today, System Change Not Climate Change and ten other organizations issued the following statement setting forth demands for action by the G7 nations at their annual meeting that will take place June 11-13 in Cornwall, England: The Ecosocialist Alliance was initiated by Green Left and Left Unity in the UK to call for ecosocialist solutions to global inequality and the ecological crisis, in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland in November. It has grown rapidly with support from other UK groups and Ireland, Canada, and the USA.
The 21st century is a century of crisis. Capitalist economic collapse dovetails with dire inequality, international and civil wars drive displacement and humanitarian catastrophe, xenophobia creeps into laws, and rising biodiversity loss imperils the planet’s equilibrium. Climate change threatens to worsen every other aspect of these interlocking crises, making decarbonization the most urgent task on our to-do list.
Humanity's failure to slow the rate of global heating can be measured by a single number: the number of parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. A decade ago this number was 392. As of February 2021, Mauna Loa Observatory measured CO2concentration to be 416.75 ppm, a rise of 2.31 ppm since February of the preceding year, despite decreased economic activity from the Corona Virus pandemic.
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SCNCC is thrilled to be hosting our first Ecosocialist Solstice Artivists Showcase, in which we will feature and celebrate the visual, escritorial, and performing arts, and the artists and writers who create them.
Register for the event, which will be done live via Zoom starting at 4:00 p.m. ET, 2:00 p.m. CT, 3:00 p.m. MT, 4:00 p.m. ET (all US/Canada) on Sunday, December 20.
Although scientists have been publishing on the viral consequences of deforestation for decades, Andreas Malm’s Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency is the first publicly accessible book that connects pandemics, climate change, and capitalism. Even more ambitiously, Malm proposes a solution to end all three.
Ecosocialism is a wide-ranging philosophy covering how we interact with our planet and with each other. The basic premise is that the capitalist system is inherently ruinous to the well-being of our planet’s ecology and all those who live on it, both human and non-human. I will note here that the global land and ocean surface temperature of the earth for March 2020 was 1.16°C above the 20th century average and the second highest in the 141-year history of record-keeping.